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Maestro
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PostPosted: 2010.06.19(Sat)9:54    Post subject: Substrate divider? Reply with quote

I've been seeing a lot of aquariums using two or more substrate types, and I figure it would be interesting to work worth. Currently my aquarium is 100% EcoComplete, however I think a small area of sand (approx. 1/4 of the tank bed) would be nice in order to get a greater variety of plants and fish.

My plan to keep the two substrates from mixing was to get some kind of plastic barrier, and silicone some rocks to it to make it look nice. Has anybody done this before? Have any pictures or links that I can check out? Also, what would be a good type of plastic barrier and silicone to use that I could pick up at say, Home Depot?
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PostPosted: 2010.06.19(Sat)11:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had great luck with just aquarium safe silicone! Only you have to take the tank down and it is time consuming and it will be a while before it is set back up... But hold great!
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PostPosted: 2010.06.19(Sat)12:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have a name of the silicone product that you used?

I'm not interested in taking the tank down, I just rescaped it, and the sand will take up a fraction of the tank. I plan to build a barrier, than place it in the tank after the gravel is moved out of the way.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.19(Sat)12:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

GE silicone 1
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PostPosted: 2010.06.19(Sat)13:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats it! And you could always re-inforce the silicone with some kind of metal or plastic and put rocks on the silicone to hide it and place it how you want...
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PostPosted: 2010.06.20(Sun)2:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I will see about getting the silicone on Monday. Any suggestions on some type of plastic barrier I could get to silicone the rocks to?

I appreciate the help so far guys. Wink
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PostPosted: 2010.06.20(Sun)2:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can always line it with some kind of plant to make the pathway lined with plants, looks kinda neat.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.20(Sun)3:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Um. I'm not really sure! Anything that is flexible enough to shape the way you want it to look like but sturdy enough to hold its shape!
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PostPosted: 2010.06.21(Mon)3:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to find some good plastic barriers (dividers from an old tool box). They are drying right now, and I will post a picture before it put it in the tank.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.21(Mon)4:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good Idea! Just wondering, What is the size and dimensions of your tank and what are the dimensions of the ssoon-to-be sand portion?
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